MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni penalised a huge amount for slow over-rate against Delhi Capitals

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MS Dhoni has been fined a huge amount of 12 lakhs for his team due to a slow over-rate.

Chennai Super Kings has started their IPL 2021 journey with a defeat against Delhi Capitals at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. While it was disappointing to everyone, MS Dhoni has now fined a hefty amount of 12 lakhs for his team due to a slow over-rate in the game.

“As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Mr Dhoni was fined Rs 12 lakh,” an IPL media release stated.

However, this was his first offence this season and if it would happen again then he will be fined Rs 24 lakhs. And, for the third time, not only he will be fined Rs 30 lakhs, but he will also be banned for one IPL match as well.

“As a measure to control the match timings, the 20th over in each innings is now included in 90 minutes, earlier the 20th over was to start on or before the 90th minute. The minimum over rate to be achieved in IPL Matches shall be 14.11 overs per hour (ignoring the time taken by time-outs),” revealed a BCCI rule as quoted by Cricbuzz.

MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings will play their next against Punjab Kings on Friday, April 16

MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings

On the other hand, MS Dhoni was not happy as the dew made things harder for them as Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw put up a 138-run stand. Due to a 7.30 PM start instead of 8 PM, he said that the team batting first has been facing trouble because of the drier conditions in the first 30 minutes. While CSK managed 33/2 in the powerplay, Delhi posted 65/0 as well.

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“You have to look ahead. Especially when you have dew in your mind and you are batting first, you want to get those extra 10-15 runs – that was normally in 8pm start games. [Now the] 7.30 start means the opposition will have at least half an hour when there will be very little amount of dew on the field, which means it will not come on as nicely as it will in the second innings. So you have to score those 15-20 extra runs to make it even, and after that also you have to get early wickets to make a big mark on the game,” MS Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.

“Dew was one factor that was playing on our minds right from the star. That is the reason why we wanted to get as many runs as possible. Looking at the wicket, our batters did a very good job to reach 188 because the first few overs the wicket was a bit tacky, till the dew set in, which was a good 45 to 50 minutes after the start of the game,” MS Dhoni concluded.

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